Deer Hunters Orientation Held by Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Holds Orientation for Deer Hunters
In February 2013, the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge released their Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Refuge Hunt Program Environmental Assessment. These documents incorporated changes management plans to make to the refuge’s hunt program. The refuge is part of the greater Montezuma Wetlands Complex— a partnership between the refuge, the NYS DEC Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area, the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex, Montezuma Audubon Center, Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, and private landowners, working together to restore and manage historic wetlands, as well as grass, shrub and forest areas. Within the Complex, damage to wildlife habitat caused by deer is obvious and increasing; refuge biologists believe changes to the hunt program can allay some of that damage.
“As we go forth to implement changes to our hunt program, we gather input from our hunters,” says Visitor Services Manager, Andrea VanBeusichem. “We met with a number of hunters, hunting professionals, and research scientists last year to gain advice from the field about ways to improve the refuge’s white-tailed deer hunting program. We heard you,” VanBeusichem says, and the refuge is implementing some changes this year.
All deer hunters are invited to attend an informal orientation program at the refuge on October 19, 3:30-6:00 PM, at the Hunter Check Station on State Route 89, Seneca Falls, NY. During refreshments around a fire, refuge staff will discuss changes to this year’s hunting program, including improved access. Then hunters will be free to go out into the field to check out these improvements until 6:00 PM; refuge staff will remain on-hand to answer questions.
Advanced registration is required by calling the refuge office at 315/568-5987 or email Andrea_VanBeusichem@fws.gov.
To view the Final CCP, go to:
Chapter 4, Hunting information starts on page 4-41
Appendix E is Refuge Hunt Program Environmental Assessment